Three students in the LSU College of Agriculture accompanied Reagan Errera, an instructor in the college’s School of Renewable Natural Resources, on a research mission to the coast of Mozambique.
The students, Jamie Amato of Kenner, Tanner Jones of Tyler, Texas, and Brandy Malbrough, of Houma, were in and around Tofo, Mozambique, from March 17-26 helping Errera set up a project to study the connection between phytoplankton and whale shark abundance in the area.
The organization All Out Africa was looking to better understand whale sharks and turned to Errera for help.
“Tofo has a high abundance of charismatic megafauna, such as whale sharks and giant manta rays, but we are lacking an understanding of the underlying dynamic – what brings them to the area, what is sustaining them,” Errera said. More importantly, she noted, they are looking for a reason why fewer whale sharks have been coming to the Tofo area during the past decade.
Read more about this exciting project on the College of Agriculture’s website.